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Those who have seen the Aussie actress’ naked scenes in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated movie would probably agree with him

Charlotte Raven: For most women, free choice is still something we can only dream of

The commodification of the female body and interpersonal relationships have become the defining feature of modern British popular culture

Outside Edge: The bottomless wishing well

Make a wish? How about a nice, big present, weighing 457kg, which is 3.35m long, 2.44m wide and 1.88m high? The Make-a-Wish Foundation is celebrating 25 years of fulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses and the charity has just broken the world record for the biggest game of pass-the-parcel, the package arriving in London last week after travelling 1,680 miles around the UK.

Joan Smith: Bad luck, Hef – the bunny's hopped it

The jilting of the original Playboy

Crystal Harris unhappy with Hugh Hefner's womanising



Crystal Harris "didn't feel comfortable" knowing Hugh Hefner had other women in his life.

Hugh Hefner didn't expect split from Crystal

Hugh Hefner "didn't see" the break-up of his relationship with Crystal Harris coming.

John Walsh: What I learnt at the Playboy Club

The Slutwalk business has had repercussions. Men and women have been squaring up to each other all over the place. At a literary salon on Saturday night, a young woman whom I'd never met before waved her cigarette at me and said: "Why do you wear all those rings? Are you gay or something?" to which I replied, "No, I just like personal adornment."

Hugh Hefner plans wedding movie night

Hugh Hefner will watch 'Runaway Bride' on what was supposed to be his wedding day.

Diary: Take That! (But don't party)

Apocalyptic reports from Manchester, where more than 100 women have been admitted to A&E following a series of Take That concerts. Heart palpitations? Earache? Sadly, the cause is more prosaic: lager. The City of Manchester stadium ejected 65 booze-filled young ladies during the band's gigs there, with stewards suggesting they were "worse than football fans". Most were aged between 30 and 50, and the Manchester Royal Infirmary reports that its 100 such patients suffered from a selection of alcohol-related injuries, including ankle sprains, broken wrists and alcohol poisoning. That's one show they'll "Never Forget", etc.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: How does dressing like a 'slut' help protect women?

Pioneering feminists have lost their compasses. It is a shameful abdication of the responsibility they took on as torchbearers for women's rights

Laurie Penny: If sex and power are what women want, don't stop them

If it is harmful for an eight year old to engage with a culture that encourages her to look like a porn star, why is it any less harmful at 18 or 28?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: A poisonous environment in which to be a woman

When Michelle Obama takes girls to Oxford and tries to get them to imagine reaching for the top, she should also tell them what happens to women if they do

Hugh Hefner: ''I am still very romantic. Being in love completes me'

I was very conservative as a teenager I was raised in a Puritan home and I was planning to get married to a girl from high-school, once we graduated. But right before we tied the knot, she had an affair. It was devastating for me; she had been the only person I'd had sex with and it doomed the marriage.

Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism, By Deborah Lutz

At the outset, the American academic Deborah Lutz describes the impetus of this book in terms of the following question: "If we could be young sexual innovators and deviants out for action in Victorian London, how might that feel?" A snap response might be that, in terms of English usage, we couldn't possibly feel "out for action", a much more recent coinage. Pleasure Bound moves on to give us snapshots of 19th-century specimens of debauched and sexually outré behaviour – which means, in practice, all the usual suspects. The Pre-Raphaelites, Algernon Swinburne, Henry Spencer Ashbee, Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde are present and incorrect.

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